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Posted: 16 March 2007 at 12:44am | IP Logged

Ek Paal...

 

Ek paal ke liyeh hi sahi,

Ghadiyaan humko milli makmali, pyaar ki

Iss ek paal ko, jee le zaara…

 

Yeh lamhe phir mille naa mille,

Kho jaane deh sabhi duriyaan, faasale…

Aa dil milla le aur paas aa…

 

Phir kya ho, kya khabar

Dekha hai kisne kaal,

Aa raath rok leh, phir ho naa jaaye seher….

 

 

Amazing how a place that is usually full of life, noise and laughter was now a desolate, quiet, almost dead place. Funny how a place that is usually buzzing with hundreds of people was now the salvation of only one soul; Santa Monica Pier: the one and only. Located along the beautiful coast of Southern California, it was a gem. Come anytime and this place was full and crowded. During the day, many fellow Californians and some tourists even, flocked to the cool waters of the beach to seek refuge from the blazing heat of Los Angeles County. At night, the pier came to life full of people; each there for various reasons; some to pass time and fish, even though they hardly caught anything, while others came for the arcade; some came to eat the sea-food restaurant while others came to enjoy the various musicians and artists doing their thing; some came just to spend time with family and friends while others came specifically for the warm, sugary, sweet, crunchy treats known as churros.

 

Santa Monica Beach/Pier was a place that Bani was all too familiar with. She was brought up and raised her entire life in the sunny, care-free climate of California. Brought up by traditional Indian parents, in a world where the westerners ruled. She had lived in the same house since she had arrived in California with her parents and younger sister Rano. Her parents were not rich but were well off. Bani and her sister had everything they needed and wanted...within their means. Being brought up in the center of San Fernando Valley, in Van Nuys, with traditional Indian parents whose traditional Indian values had turned Bani into the quintessential "Desi Valley Girl", if that was even possible.

 

 Her parents had instilled in her the goodness of being a human being, the necessity of a good education, the morals and values of being from a colorful and beautiful culture; but most of all, the duty and expectations of a daughter from a middle class Indian family. That is why, at 1:30 in the morning, Bani was walking along the shore hiding her fear, apprehension and tears in the nights black sheet of darkness. Only the light from the twinkling stars and the bright full moon shown down on her, and showed her the path she was walking.

 

Her parents thought that she was at her best friend Vanita's house resting. There was no way that they would have let her come out at this time of night by herself. She had told the lie because she had to get away from everything just to think and to be alone. Finding a spot next to where the huge wooden pillars of the pier met with the soft, golden sand of the beach, Bani sat down. She gathered her knees to her chest, and pressed her small body into the hardness of the pillar, as if wanting to melt into it. She stared out to the great and powerful sea. The resemblance they had to one another was uncanny. On the outside they both appeared calm and collected with the occasional wave breaking to the surface. Inside, there was a furry of emotions and whirl pools that could sink and destroy anything that came in its path. Just like the similarities, the differences were strong as well. The ocean was free and seemed to be never ending. It yielded and obeyed to no one and nothing. Where as, Bani...her story had met with the ending. There was no freedom, or room to grow. The oceans path and systems changed daily, where as Bani's was now set in stone; the thought of which brought the escape of a solitary tear from her eye. The lonely didn't stay lonesome for long; holding on to her knees with her arms, she put down her head, and at that moment the dam broke. The tears, frustration and fear that she had carried inside her for the past 4 months had finally reached the breaking point. Bani could feel her body shaking and her hiccups, she could hear her sobs as she saw her future flash before her eyes.

 

Suddenly, out of nowhere, Bani felt a warm touch on her bare shoulder that set her skin ablaze and her senses on alert. It stirred something deep within her soul, she knew, in her heart, that one moment would change her life.  "Are you ok madam?" came from an inquisitive voice right behind her. It was a voice that shook Bani down to her bones, her core. It was deep, husky and demanding and all the while it was sweet, seductive and gentle. She looked up to find a pair of piercing, dark chocolaty eyes staring back at her. A shiver ran down Bani's spine because the one look gave her the feeling that he could see directly into her heart and into her soul. Bani was so busy losing herself in those eyes that she hadn't seen that he held out a handkerchief to her. She managed a soft "Yes I am fine. Thank You." while reaching for the handkerchief, as the man sat down next to her.

 

"Indian?"

 

"What gave it away? The exquisitely designed clothing, the heavy antique jewelry, the red mehendi on my hands, or the so called "dot" on my forehead?"

 

"None of the above, it was your face and your eyes."

 

"Oh...you?"

 

"Me too."

 

 "Are you sure that you are alright"

 

"Yes"

 

"If those long lines of running mascara are any indication, I would say you are far from 'fine'."

 

Embarrassed that a strange man had to tell her that her mascara was running, Bani blushed bringing a hint of color to her now pale face. Quickly taking the hanky she wiped as best she could the black marks that were proof of her moment of weakness, and proof of the tears that she had shed only seconds ago. Bani turned her eyes from his face back out to the massive body of water that lay in front of her.

 

"No really, I'm fine. Just a little upset"

 

"If you were only a 'little upset' you wouldn't be out here at this time of night by yourself; neither would I for that matter."

 

Looking back into those dreamy eyes Bani asked, "What is it that brings you here?" At being questioned, Bani senses the stranger stiffen as a wall of anger and frustration flashes in his eyes. He turns away from her gaze and looks at the ocean. Thinking that it is obviously not something he wants to talk about with her, she too turns her gaze back to the Pacific. After a few sort seconds Bani sees the strangers shoulders sag, as his eyes close and head drops. He lets out a sigh and says "Life" with a hint of sadness, desperation and surrender.

 

"I am 28 years old, a successful business man, I have a great family. I could care less about what people think or say about me. There is only one person in this world that I would do anything for, anything to make her happy, anything to make her tears and worries go away. My massi, she raised me like her own son after my parents died. Everything was fine until she began insisting that I get married and 'settle down'."

 

"Ah...yes. 'Settle Down'. If I may ask, is there something wrong with that?"

 

"Not necessarily, no. I have done the 'Love' thing in the past and have been burned. I don't know if I can do it again. I thought Pia as the love of my life...but apparently the love of Pia's life was my bank account. Regardless I have said yes to massi's insistence."

 

Not realizing what she was doing, Bani placed a hand on the strangers shoulder and gave it a squeeze. "I'm sure everything will work out just fine. You seem like a stand up guy, and you will get the goodness that you deserve when the time is right." The stranger put his hand on top of Bani's and looked into her eyes. He didn't need to say anything because even though Bani had only known if for the past 15 minutes, she could read his eyes. The gratitude and appreciation shown in his eyes like the stars in the sky.

 

"What about you? Why are you here?" As if being electrically shocked, Bani yanked her hand out from under his and became cold towards him. "I'm sorry, if you don't want to talk about it, that's fine. If you want to be alone I understand, I never meant to intrude." Bani could feel the honesty in his voice, and the remorse in his voice for making her shut down on him. The stranger stood up and brushed the sand off of his bottom and made one step to move away, when Bani reached up and grabbed a hold of his hand. Without looking up, and still staring out at the sea she said, "Please don't go. I don't want to be alone." She could see that the stranger still felt strange and confused by her behavior. This time she looked up into his eyes and said "Please" in a barely audible whisper. The stranger shifted Bani's small, cold hand into his other hand as he turned to sit back down. Without letting her go he inter-laced his fingers with hers giving her support. At that moment, as if finally giving up and surrendering, Bani allowed a small sigh escape her lips as she set her head down on the strangers broad shoulder. As some of her hair came over her face, the stranger used his other hand to brush it back behind her ear. They sat in silence for a while, when Bani felt the stranger circle her ring finger. She knew he was confused. Without taking her head off of his shoulder, she pulled her hand out and felt her hand with the other.

 

"I myself am 'settling down'. I am actually dressed like this because I just came from my engagement ceremony. My parents have been after me to get married since I had graduated a year ago. They had been looking for a guy and about 4 and half months they had found one. His name is Pushkar Shukla. He is an old family friend who moved to Bakersfield with his parents a few years back. His dad and my dad are old friends. Me and Pushkar were friends too, but had lost touch after their move.  He is the Senior President of Skilled Health Care Co. He is a very nice and decent guy; very respectful towards me and my family. He treats them like they are his own. I know he will keep me 'happy'. "

 

"I take it there is a problem."

 

"I don't love him. I always pictured me marrying the man of my dreams and in my dream I marry the man I love. I tried to stall my parents and throw them off my trail by telling them to wait until I get my masters, but they didn't listen. My dad is getting older and isn't in the best of health and his one wish is to see his daughters settled before anything happens to him. Being the oldest it is my responsibility to carry out my fathers wishes, to make him happy, to uphold the family name. I had no choice but to chose duty as a daughter over my duty to myself. I had to chose the happiness of my family over that of mine."

 

Once again the stranger took Bani's hand into his and gave it a tight squeeze. He places a soft, gentle kiss on her forehead and whispered "I'm sorry you aren't getting what you want." before pulling away and resting his head on top of hers. Again, they sat in silence not uttering a word to one another. Even in this silence there was a bond between them; a bond that made the one feel what the other was feeling. They understood each others pain and anguish and confusing even they had know each other all but an hour.

 

"We both seem to be coming from the same place; fulfilling our responsibilities to out families and in the process watching our dreams go down the drain." said the stranger after a while. "How about we forget everything and have some fun?". At this Bani looked up at the stranger in confusion. "Let me explain; how about for tonight lets forget everything. Let's forget that we have responsibilities to our families; let's forget our sorrows and frustration; let's forget that there is anyone else out there is this world. Tonight it is just you and me. Pretend that there is nothing holding us back, or ties to hold us down. Just for tonight let's be ourselves. Let's live in the present, in the right-now, in the moment. Let us enjoy every moment of this night like it is the last night of our lives. Tomorrow's sun will bring with it a new life, a new future. Tomorrow we will go our separate ways; but for right now...it is only US."

 

Bani looked into the strangers eyes and gave him a smile. That's exactly what she wanted to do tonight; forget. That is why she had ventured out to the secluded beach at this time of night. The stranger stood up and held out his hand for Bani to take; without a moments hesitation Bani gave him her hand and he drew her up.

 

"I am Jai by the way."

 

"Hi Jai. I am Bani."

 

"Huh...Bunny?"

 

Bani smiled at Jai's interpretation of her name. "Not 'bunny', it's BANI." Jai gave her a smile that could melt the biggest glacier in Antarctica and said, "I know, I just wanted to see if your smile was a beautiful as you are; and I must say that it is just as beautiful if not more." At this Bani blushed a deep rose red and grinned from ear to ear. 

 

Jai took Bani to his car, which just happened to be the latest model BMW, and opened the door for her like a gentle man. Once she slid in he made sure that her ghagra was inside the car fully before closing the door. Jai informed that his massi and sister Jigyasa were in Phoenix at the moment for the engagement of one of their close family friends' daughter. Bani couldn't go around town decked out fully in her fancy ghagra-choli, heavy jewelry, and 5 inch stiletto heels. Jai told her that she was about the same size as his sister so he took her back to his home to change. On the drive to his house, which was up by posh Mulholland Drive, Bani began removing her jewelry, and what seemed to be hundreds of pins in her outfit. She was about the remove her bangles when Jai placed his hand over her hand, indicating for her to stop. "Don't take those off. I like the way the look on you, and I love the sound they make when you move your arms."  Bani slowly withdrew her right hand from under his left hand. Jai slowly took her left hand into his hand and held it for a while, and then slowly he placed a kiss at the base of her knuckles sending a surge of heat through Bani's body.

 

After about 20 minutes jai pulled his BMW in front of a beautiful white mansion. He quickly got out of the car and went to the other side to get the door for Bani; then he proceeded to help her get out of the car. He walked with her hand in hand and opened the door for her. He told her how to get to Jigyasa's room so she could change. "Why don't you go up and change, I have a few calls to make. Chose anything you like, don't worry about anything. Jigyasa is a bit of a neat-freak so you should find everything easily. In the mean time ill grab a change of clothes too."

 

Bani hurried up the steps paying minimal attention to her surroundings as she knew she had a limited amount of time before this night, and this life of just her and Jai would be over. Just as Jai had suggested Bani easily found what she needed. Even though it was nearly 2:30 in the morning, in the dead middle of summer, the nights were warm. Bani settled for a pair of light cotton dark brown cargo pants, and a turquoise BEBE top with matching flip flops. She pulled her hair out of its fancy hair-do and ran some water through it giving her hair its natural waves back, and quickly tied it into a pony tail. She washed her face, seeing that half of her make up already gone.

 

When she came back down stairs she found Jai standing with his back to her, on the phone talking to some one about how he will remember this favor and promised to pay them back. He hadn't really changed. Jai had just pulled of his suit coat, taken off the tie, undid the top few buttons and rolled up his sleeves.  Bani walked soundlessly to Jai, when a light breez blew some of her hair out of place. She lifted her hand to push a few stray strands back behind her ear, when her bangles sounded causing Jai to turn around. A smile broke across his face as he said "Much better Bunny, even the moons radiance falls short in front of your natural beauty."  Once again, as a true gentle man, he opened the door for her as she got in the car. Jai took the bag she had stuffed all her things into and put it in the trunk. He got in and lowered the top of his car, as the made their way to their destination.

 

Neither one of them said a word, they were just enjoying each others company, relishing in the silent understanding, and compassion that ran between them. Bani jerked a little out of surprise when she felt his hand caress the side of her face. He moved his hand up to her hair and pulled out the clip that held her hair together, letting her black tresses cascade down to her shoulders. "I knew you would look spectacular with your hair open. I like it better this way Bunny." Noting the tiny hint of lust in his voice Bani ran her fingers through her hair setting it a little. "Where are we going?" Bani asked, not sure where Jai was taking her, but not the least bit worried at that fact. "Shhh...you will see."  About another 20minutes later Jai pulled back into the spot where he was the last time...

 

"We are back at the pier?"

 

"I know."

 

"I thought we were living in the moment. What can we do here? It is closed."

 

"No it's not...look."

 

Bani followed his gaze to the pier and couldn't believe her eyes. The pier that was dark and gloomy not one hour ago was now bright with music and colorful lights. There was no one there except for one shady figure at the base to the steps that led up to the pier. Jai tugged on Bani's hand pulling her along with him towards the pier.

 

"Ever been to the pier at night."

 

"Sure, tons of times."

 

Leaning in to whisper in her ear. "Like this?"

 

"No....never."

 

"This is living in the moment."

 

"But how...I mean...when...who?"

 

"Don't worry, you can't get arrested or anything."

 

Bani chuckled, "It's not that, I trust you."

 

"Good. Ever ridden the roller coaster with no one else around?"

 

"Ummm...I've never ridden the coaster. I'm sort of ... scared."

 

"Well no need to be now, I am here with you. Nothing will happen to you...I promise."

 

Jai and Bani walked hand in hand up to the small roller coaster that attracted many people during regular hours. Bani saw that the shady figure that she had seen was now waiting for them and welcomed them to the pier. If they needed anything at all, he would be right around them to help. Once the were at the roller coaster, Jai helped Bani into the front compartment before getting in himself. Jai could see the fear in Bani's eyes.

 

"So I take it you have never been to Six Flages Magic Mountain, right?"

 

"H*ll No!!! I mean...no. I get really scared and nervous, my stomach feels like a bottomless pit."

 

"Like it does now?"

 

"Yes."

 

Jai pulled down the safety bar and smiled as he saw Bani pull the Bar as far down as she possibly could. Jai put and arm around her to shield her and protect her, as to give her a sense of support. As soon as the solitary operator clicked the start button and Bani heard the clanking of the chains bellow them, she shrank into the crock of Jai's arm, and buried her face in his chest as if the 'boggie man' was standing in front of her. He puller her in and felt her hold her breath as the ride began to move. Bani stiffened, and began taking rapid, shallow breaths as she could feel their altitude rising. When the ride sped up and began taking its twists and turns she grabbed on to him, almost clawing into his chest. At the first drop as small scream escaped her lips as she braced herself for the worst. After that the ride came to a stop. Bani looked up now and noticed Jai looking down at her.

 

"That wasn't so bad, now was it?"

 

"Ummm...No actually."

 

"How about we do it again?"

 

"Ok."

 

 

The ride took of once more, but this time Bani was merely holding on to Jai's hand with some force. By the time the repeated that ride for the 4th time, Bani actually enjoyed it. It was her first time on a roller coaster. Riding coasters was the one 'California thing' she never did.  Now it felt good, having Jai there with her to share that experience made it better. He had held her when she was trembling with fear and held on to her when she felt her heart just may fly out of her chest. Her first roller coaster experience was going to be one that she never forgot; not because it was her first time on a roller coaster. Bani would never forget that experience because Jai was with her, he is what made it memorable.

 

After finally getting off of the roller coaster, Bani was absolutely giddy. She had a grin on her face that reached to the corners of her eyes. "Wow, I didn't know what I was missing." she said walking just a few feet ahead of Jai. He caught up to her and once again enclosed his warm hands over hers. "Are you hungry?" Jai inquired. "No, not really. We had a huge traditional Indian feast at the engagement." As soon as those words left her mouth , regretted them. There was supposed to be no engagement, not for tonight. It was just her and Jai, no one else, no problems, no responsibilities, no nothing...just THEM. Jai knew that she was kicking herself for bring them back to reality in a split second, but he assured her that her one comment hadn't changed anything by gently rubbing her hand with his thumb.

 

"How about we get some frozen yogurt and walk to the end of the pier?"

 

"Sounds like a plan. How did you know I like frozen yogurt? Most people would have asked to go for ice cream?"

 

"I am not most people and neither are you, that is why I suggested frozen yogurt. Besides, if you are a true Californian Valley person, then there is now way you don't love frozen yogurt." said Jai with a wink.

 

"Got me there."

 

Jai handed Bani her vanilla and chocolate swirl frozen treat and took her hand and walked away from the stall. "Wait, don't you want one?" asked Bani seeing that Jai had nothing in either hand except for her hand. "Nope I don't want a whole one. I do, however, want to share with you. May I?" Without the slightest hesitation Bani lifted her cone to his mouth and he took a lick of the sweet treat. They walked hand in hand to the end of the pier, having small conversations.

 

At the end of the pier, with the wind blowing, and Jai's arm around her shoulder Bani felt oddly at peace. It was like the smell of the salty sea water, mixed with his Curve for men cologne gave her a weird sense of comfort and cleansing. Bani didn't know what it was about him, but he made her feel safe and confident and worthy. With only a small bit of the frozen yogurt left, Bani once again lifted it up to his lips. As he was about to take a last lick, Bani raised her hand more and smashed some of the frozen concoction onto his nose. While Jai was still in a state of shock, Bani quickly stepped out of his embrace and ran away laughing. It took Jai only a few second to begin running after her, and when he did he caught her without much effort. He swung her up into the air causing her to yelp in joy. Unintentionally Jai had found her weak spot along her waist and tickled her until she was in tears. They both fell onto a side bench holding their stomachs in laughter. As the laughter died down, the only thing that could be heard was the soft music being played somewhere behind them and the crashing of the waves against the pillars of the peir.

 

"Will you dance with me Bunny?"

 

"I would love to."  

 

Bani got up and looked into Jai's seductive eyes, and as if on cue the musicians began playing "Only Time" by Enya. The song was almost too perfect for their situation.

 

Who can say
Where the road goes
Where the day flows

Only time

 

And who can say
If your love grows
As your heart shows
Only time

Jai took Bani's hand and led her to the center of the pier. He pulled her in close so that their bodies were almost touching. On of his hands caught hold of one of her hands, while the other snaked around her waist. Bani slowly pulled her hand out of his and places both hands around his neck. Jai then put both his hands around her waist. Bani pulled in closer so that their bodies were not touching and hugged him as they danced. She settled her head in the crock of his neck and moved to the beat of his body as well as the music.

 

Who can say
Why your heart sighs
As your love flies
Only time

And who can say
Why your heart cries
When your love lies
Only time

 

Both Jai and Bani lost themselves in each other as the song continued. Everything just melted away around them; the lights, the noise, the music. Soon it seemed like they danced to their own humming and to the drum like beats of their own hearts. They moved in sync with one another, like it was their 100th dance together and not their first.  They swayed to the late night breeze and the pounding of the waves against the pier.

 

Who can say
When the roads meet
That love might be
In your heart

And who can say
When the day sleeps
If the night keeps
All your heart

Night keeps, all your heart

 

Who can say
If your love grows
As your heart shows
Only time

And who can say
Where the road goes
Where the day flows,
Only time

And who can say
Where the road goes
Where the day flows
Only time

Who knows - only time
Who knows - only time...

The song ended and yet Bani and Jai were still in each others embraces; neither wanting to move even the slightest bit. Jai ran his fingers through her hair, soothing her and yet at the same time driving her wild. Not trusting herself completely Bani pushed lightly against his chest and broke the embrace.

 

"Everything Ok?"

 

"Yeah, ummm...how about a churro?"

 

"A what?"

 

"A churros" relpied Bani thinking how could he not know what a churros is. "Oh wait, you have never had a churros have you?" asked Bani who was already giggling at the look of confusion and guilt that danced in his eyes. Not wanting to lie, Jai just looks down at the floor and began playing with his feet. Next thing he knew, he was being dragged by his arm towards the stairs, which they had came up. "You are not a Californian if you have never had a churro from the pier."

 

Taking their churros, Jai and Bani made their way to the small life guard hut right next to the pier. They both sit so that their feet are dangling off of the ledge and they enjoy their churro's. Jai had never had one of these before but he had to admit that it was good. It was warm in the inside and sweet and sugary on the outside, kind of like Bani he thought and grinned. Bani looked at the watch on Jai's wrist, and noticed how fast the time had flown; it was almost time for the sun to rise and end their perfect night. It was almost 5:00am, their time together would soon be over, and on that thought Bani breathed out a sigh.  "Our time is almost up." said Jai as if reading Bani's mind. Bani shook her head in agreement and said, "I want to take you somewhere, will you go with me?" Placing a soft kiss on Bani's head Jai's response was "Of course"

 

Bani gave Jai directions to her favorite place in California. Driving to their destination along Pacific Coast Highway was relaxing and freeing. Jai and Bani sped down PCH at 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. The wind in their hair and faces was breathing new life into their souls and bodies. They both felt revived and refreshed even though they had been up almost all night. Forgetting about all their problems and sorrows did a world of good for them. They no longer fled older than their age, they felt alive again.  

 

 The place they were headed was one of Bani and Vanita's little secrets. The two of them had come there many times to just talks, especially if one was going through some sort of crisis. It was a small secluded park right next to a Malibu Public Library and directly across form the Pepperdine University campus. The park had only one table and bench set for people to sit on. However, if you followed a path at the side of the library it let you to another small clearing further down the hill. If you sat at the edge of that clearing Malibu Beach was directly beneath you, and you could see miles and miles of gorgeous blue ocean.  Bani felt a surge of excitement as they reached the destination. Like a school girl going on her first field trip, Bani jumped out of the car and grabbed his hand pulling him along with her.

 

"You know, only me and my best friend Vanita have been here. We have never brought anyone else here. I don't know why but I feel a connection with you, I want to share this place with you."

 

"I am honored that you are letting me into a part of your life you have not shared with anyone else. I am touched."

 

Bani and Jai sat and looked out at the ocean. It was almost time for sunrise and with the dawn of a new day their night would be over. They would have to return to their chosen paths and forget what transpired between them that night. Sensing Bani shiver slightly Jai placed his coat around her shoulders and pulled her into his warm body, and she relaxed.

 

"Krishna"

 

"I'm sorry?"

 

"It was my mothers name and my biggest dream is to give my daughter her name. I have never shared this with anyone, not even my massi. I was always afraid people would laugh at me."

 

"It is an old fashioned name..." Bani saw the hurt and embarrassment in Jai's eyes "...but it is a very beautiful name." Almost instantly the change in Jai was visible; his eyes lit up with joy, his chest grew with pride and his face broke into a grin.

 

'Everything' by Lifehouse...

 

Find me here
And speak to me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That is leading me
To the place where
I find peace again
You are the strength
That keeps me walking
You are the hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the life to my soul
You are my purpose
You're everything

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

 

They looked into each others eyes and only felt their connection increase and deepen. The hunger and lust was visible in Jai's eyes, but staying true to his chivalrous side, he made no move on Bani. It was Bani who took the first step; she tilted her face up to his giving Jai clear access to her lips. Jai lowered his head slowly to hers, and their lips finally met, after what felt like eons of waiting. As their lips touched, everything else around them vanished; a fire was sent raging through every vein in their body; a primal hunger and desire was released and ran rampant.

 

You calm the storms
You give me rest
You hold me in your hands
You won't let me fall
You steal my heart
And you take my breath away
Would you take me in
Would you take me deeper now

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this  

 

Drawing her body closer, Jai parted her lips with his tongue was began to slowly tease and torment her like there was no tomorrow. Bani's arms had managed to find their way up around his neck pulling him closer, if at all possible. Their bodies almost felt like one, two pieces of a whole, melting into place with heat, passion and urgency. Finally puling back, both were out of breath. Jai placed a kiss on her forehead and once again put his arm around her. They sat in silence, not saying anything or moving a muscle. Neither wanted to think or talk about their impending departure.

 

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

Cause you're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything
Everything

You're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything
Everything

You're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything
Everything

You're all I want
You're all I need
You're everything
Everything

 

They sat in silence as they saw the top of the sun break through the surface of the ocean some where out over the horizon. Their time together was officially over, reality was waiting for them. Their night of living in the moment was over. Without saying anything to the other they both got up and headed towards Bani's car, hand in hand.

 

"I had a great time with you Jai, I will never forget our night or you."

 

"I know, neither will I. I hope that you do find the happiness you deserve with your family and Pushkar."

 

"I hope that you are happy too."

 

"I will miss you Bunny."

 

"It is BANI not Bunny!"

 

"I know, I just wanted to see you smiling before you left"

 

"I hope we meet again, maybe out paths will cross in the future."

 

"Maybe...you know...I think I love you Bunny."

 

"I think I love you too Jai."

 

They looked into each others eyes as if reading the others soul and heart one last time. Their eyes said all those things their mouths could not.

 

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

And how can I
Stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

Would you tell me
How could it be
Any better than this

 

 

Bani steped close and gave Jai one last hug and a small peck on his cheek and said  "Good bye Jai" with that Bani turned around and left with out a single glance back at Jai, but she did hear him wisper a soft "Goodbye Bunny" that brought a smile to her face.

Ek paal ke liyeh hi sahi,

Ghadiyaan humko milli makmali, pyaar ki

Iss ek paal ko, jee le zaara…

 

Yeh lamhe phir mille naa mille,

Kho jaane deh sabhi duriyaan, faasale…

Aa dil milla le aur paas aa…

 

Phir kya ho, kya khabar

Dekha hai kisne kaal,

Aa raath rok leh, phir ho naa jaaye seher….

 

 

*7 years later....

 

Bani is sitting at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for her flight out to India as her younger sister is getting married in two weeks. The wedding preparations had kept her up all night and now she was dead tired. She needed some sleep and rest. Closing her eyes for a second she suddenly got the sent of a familiar smell. Her eyes shot open, she hadn't smelt that sent in years; Curve for men. As she looked around she noticed something was missing. She walked through the terminal to find what had suddenly gone missing. "Jai, Jai baby where are you?" she pleaded.  Spotting him wobbling up to some stranger she ran to catch him before he bothered the poor man. "Jai, what did mamma tell you about...."  her sentence stopped mid stream as she came face to face with the eyes that had haunted her dreams for the past 7 years; her Jai. He looked at her questioningly when she once again said "Jai" and looking at the toddler in her arms. "You named him 'Jai'?" The quick rush of color to her cheeks was all the confirmation he needed.  Some one called to bani and she turned, nodded her head in agreement, and took the hand of a 5 year old girl.

 

"Bani, meet Binita...my daughter...my Bunny."

 

Banis eyes shot down to the small child who clung to her fathers' finger and had a thumb in her mouth.

 

"Binita...not Krishna."

 

"My wife wasn't too keen on that name."

 

Sensing the sadness in his voice, she made her next move. "In that case, Jai meet my daughter, Krissy...Krishna." Jai's eyes looked up to Bani from the little girl. His eyes were filled with confusion and wonderment. Another quick smile from her made his heart do a flip and his insides turn upside down. Jai finally had the Krishna he had wanted. Even thought it wasn't his, ti was his Bunny's and that was good enough for him.

 

"I have something for you." Bani pulled out a crisp white handkerchief that had the letter 'J' monogrammed on it.

 

"You keep it, I have more. But I have something for you too."  Jai pulled out a silver paayal from his wallet. It was the one that he had found in his trunk 7 years ago.

 

"You keep it, I only wear one now."

 

"You are happy right Bani?'

 

"Yes, I am happy. But nothing comes close to that night, nothing has and nothing ever will. How about you?'

 

"I am as happy as can be with my Bunny, and now that I have seen you again, I think I will be just fine."

 

The final boarding call was made for Singapore Airlines flight 752 LAX to Narita International. A man came and took her children and Bani promised to follow in just a minute, she was catching up with an old friend. After a shot eye locking session, Bani was about to turn to leave when she stopped and gave Jai a hug and kiss, just like she had 7 years ago. Then she took a step when Jai's voice cut across all the noise and disturbances of LAX...

 

"I still think I love you Bunny."

 

"I still think I love you too Jai"


** I hope you guys enjoyed my SS...i know it is a bit long...ok a lot long...sorry but i got caried away...sorry for any mistakes i may have made. Please leave comments as i would love feed back. **


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lovely story janoo, very well written, but why aren't they together if they love each other.........and who were they married to and was krissy Jai's child or?
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its vry good....jazs...mst say...u came up with a beauitfl stry.....bt as alwys being this Jai n Bani lunatic cant bear thier separation....n idea.....go frwrd with a part 2 of d stry.....kill evrbdy n let Jai n Bani live...n unite them....or......u cn make evrybdy die......make Jai n Bani reincarnate....n happy endin...wat say...Winkfine i keep my ideas 2 me

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hi jnawaz

wow u wrote is very well. but i am confuse jai and bani love each other but they are nt together. tt mean jai is married to pia and bani is married to push is it.........

loved ur SS.. brilliantly wrote

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lovely story janoo, me agree me agree very well written, but why aren't they together if they love each other.nevr trust wat jaz thngs....i am sure she ll creat a part 2 to this....(this is a hnt 2 wat we wntWink)........and who were they married to and was krissy Jai's child ori dnt thnk so.........Bani loved Jai n i suppse 4 tat reson nmed her daughter with Jai mums name......Confusedahh ll i dnt kno...as alwys confused.....LOLOuch?
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Originally posted by j&b84

hi jnawaz

wow u wrote is very well. but i am confuse jai and bani love each other but they are nt together. tt mean jai is married to pia and bani is married to push is it.........

loved ur SS.. brilliantly wrote

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jaz me 2.....i am confsd i kno u made Jai n Bani marry different person......wen tey luv eachothrConfusedbt stll confsd y u did ths....newys d stry ws rockin

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